We all have a traveler hiding in a safe corner, deep inside us. All we seek is solitude, don’t we? Why must people kneel down to pray? Have you ever thought what a real prayer is? Go into a great big field, all alone, or deep into the woods, and look up into the sky, up-up-up, into that lovely blue sky without end, and that would just feel like a prayer. Well, these won’t be the words of just another fellow being, but a traveler lost in the beauty of nature, so lost that the worldly materialistic pleasures seem too insignificant when measured against his own experience of traveling. India, the peninsular Subcontinent is rich in varied heritage as well as famous for it’s charismatic landscape. Starting from the first wonder of the world Taj Mahal to the Himalayas, it’s an abode to all the sightseeing places. It is a country which can quench the wanderlust of travelers. Rich and bountiful in culture, landscapes and historical monuments, it is the perfect blend a traveler would be seeking for. However, each part of the country represents a distinct kind of landscape and culture with interesting and gallant tales from history reverberating with the wind. Check out the must visit places in India and what they are famous for.
THE MUST VISIT PLACES IN NORTH INDIA
Northern India can be considered to be the abode to mountains definitely. Before setting up an exotic trip to European mainstream countries, India should be on the top of the bucket list because it has places which can mesmerize you in a fraction of seconds. Well, to get acquainted with mountains, rivers, valleys and chill down your spines, there are a few “must visit places in India” we should know about.
Let’s have a closer look at all these places which will forever be cherished for the thrilling experiences they add to people’s lives:
1. Chadar – The Frozen River Trek
Have you ever fantasized about walking straight upon a frozen river each time you watched Ice Age series? Perhaps we all have. But, you would be startled to know that there’s a place in India which can wake you up from your dreams only to make you experience it live over here. Yes, the Chadar trek route connects villages in the Zanskar Valley deep in the mountains with the chilled and frozen Zanskar River.
2. Manali – Leh Road Trip
Roads trips often make us oblivious to the destination we plan on reaching. The “Mecca” of all road trips in India, the Manali- Leh Highway has been grabbing this opportunity of spell bounding travelers over decades. Grab a backpack, gear up yourself and set for a journey that makes you forget about your worldly existence.
You will tap your feet with the tune of rivers flowing, birds flying and people trespassing away from the hustle and bustle of the cities.
3. Markha Valley Trek
Planning on going out for a trek? Who would deny to an offer like that, an offer which appears more appealing after you get to know that it hides a few of nature’s mystery too? On your trip to Ladakh, don’t miss out on the Markha Valley Trek and the blend of kaleidoscopic images it showcases with a hypnotizing excellence.
Rishikesh is not a place, it’s more of a feeling. You can sense devotion in the wind gushing against your face. Located in the foothills of the Himalayas besides the Ganges river, it gives rejuvenating experience to everyone who comes to visit this place. Besides having a rich flora and fauna in it, it is quite famous as the “Yoganagari” or the “Yoga Capital of the Country”.
We all know, this place doesn’t need much of a formal introduction. Yet, one can never run short of words to describe it well. This snow-capped mountain paradise with cascading waterfalls and unruffled valleys, bags the first position on tourist sites recommended in India. Be it a solo trip or with your own squad, the experience remains as ravishing as it is told.
Want to revitalize back all your lost energy? Well, Ladakh is the place. This famous tourist site will hardly spare you a moment to regain back all the negativity you had in your life. All you will feel like doing is appreciating the nature, it tickling you and making you enjoy like you have never done before.
7. Har Ki Doon Trek
Uttarakhand beholds this beauty where you can trek your heart out. It’s well acclaimed for its lush green valleys and standing talk at a rise of 3556m, making it one of the most chosen trekking trail.
Unlike all other places mentioned above, this place stands unique among all. Set on the Pushkar lake in Rajasthan, it’s a sacred religious site with 52 ghats (stone staircases) where pilgrims bathe. Come to one of the oldest cities in India and experience Camel fairs, beautiful divine temples and many other medieval attractions.
Oh, this definitely isn’t a mainstream tourist site! History lovers, this place is gold for you. This hillside city is home to Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. But aside from the Tibetan remains which would catch your site, it’s surrounded by cedar forests on the edge of the Himalayas making it an epitome of beauty.
This place is in no need of an introduction, to be honest, yet it feels like a privilege to mention about the great wonders this city holds back. You will find the souvenirs of history marked by different rulers ruling India centuries over centuries. You can see city life’s hustle and bustle making its way in between the Mughal monuments standing still, catching the hawk’s eye. In the other corner, you will see brands like Zara and h&m showing themselves off in British built hubs like Connaught place and many other exquisite places.
11. Spiti Valley
The name of this Valley gives us a notion of what this place might be. Yes, it’s the “middle land”, that is, the land between Tibet and India. Considered to be a cold desert mountain valley, it is located high in the Himalayas, on the northeastern part of Himachal Pradesh.
Having firm thoughts on visiting the Garhwal? Well, you will be delighted to know that this is the perfect chance for you to visit Auli too alongside. Resuscitate yourself by encountering a 3.5 km long link auto ride to Joshimath accolading the pinnacles of Nanda Devi, Kamet, and Dronagiri.
Want to sight the royal and illustrious national animal of India? Ranthambore is an abode to them. The national park situated in this region of Rajasthan will keep you astounded by the luxurious stay of the animals over there. Get to know the feeling of being in a world where you don’t rule but they do and this will definitely change the way you see animals.
14. Kuari Pass Trek
Mountains have a way of dealing with your overconfidence. Trek and experience it live on the exotic lands of Kuari Pass. Kuari which designates itself as the Doorway is a Himalayan high mountain pass arranged in the Garhwal locale of Northern India, south of the Tibetan outskirt and on the western edge of the “Nanda Devi Sanctuary”.
It’s all pink here! Yes, this pink persuasion is quite alluring and reinvigorating. Come to this gothic city located in Rajasthan and listen to the folk songs reverberating the love tales of “Heer Ranjha” and witness the tales of gallant warriors who fought till their last breath against invaders to save the valor of their beloved possessions.
Being of the seven “taals”, that is lakes, the volcanic emerald lake Nainital has its own story to tell. The local folks of this place will flabbergast you by their hospitality. It provides you with every scope to make your trip worth planning, be it kayaking or paragliding, shopping or stealing sugarcane from the fields, every moment you spend there will feel like a prayer.
Shimla must be well acquainted with each of our slam books back in our childhood right?1 Well, it’s high time you strike this word out of your bucket list as “done”. The incandescent beauty, the high hills, the mountain tracts, the great snow-clad mountains, the stunningly rich greenery, and its ageless magnificence are too hard to resist.
Located beneath the Himalayas, Mussoorie is yet another breathtaking destination with its wonderful, undulating, tree-secured slopes, gazing down on the Doon valley, calls you loud to come and go in a state of tranquility where with every breath you take you to rejuvenate every cell of yours.
Lovely days don’t come to you, You should walk to them. And if you walk to Kasol you will experience an offbeat wilderness you had always dreamt off. Kasol is known for its Israeli inhabitants, Parvati waterway, trekking camps in Malana and the exhilarating beauty all of them provide.
20. Thar Desert
Along with mountains and beaches, India is the home to a huge desert too. The Thar Desert in Jaisalmer is an amazing place whose beauty isn’t a mirage, like the real mirage you get to see in it. Also known as the Great Indian Desert, it marks a natural boundary between India and Pakistan. If the thought of setting up tents bothers you, you will be glad to know that the tents here are fabricated considering your solaces and requests.
21. Hampta Pass Trek
There is umpteen number of things that make a trek worth memorable. But nothing as beautiful as the trail of mountains that have your happy hormones up and pumping. Hampta Pass Trek best fits the image you just set up.
22. Khajjiar, Himachal Pradesh
Morning with a cup of tea in Khajjiar is like a dwindled dawn. Yes, this place beholds a striking resemblance to Switzerland’s topography, a hyped romanticizing destination. Located at the foot of Dauladkar, in the lap of the Himalayas, it is 2000 meters above the sea level.
23. Roopkund Trek, Himalayas
Serenity at its best, this trail set a bountiful image of all-encompassing experience and visions of snow, ice, gushing streams, untouched forests, enlivening stretches of meadows and scenic camping places. Could there be a better appealing introduction for this place? Well, there might be when you go and check this place out. Hurry up!
THE MUST VISIT PLACES IN WEST INDIA
The Western part of the Indian Subcontinent equally has sites one cannot deny to appreciate. Be it homely cities with devotion in the air, or lush green hill stations and dense forests of Western Ghats, or the party-hard beaches with amazing nightlife, in this part of India you will witness everything.
Beach shacks, late-night parties, and the tropical vibrations make this spot loom out amongst the most adored destination of all. Lacking some spark of thrill, excitement, or romance, this is the perfect spot to visit with your squad and take a break from your busy schedule.
A city that never sleeps. A city whose glamour outshines everything else, where dreams are finally put into real bed. Who would want to miss an opportunity to spend a few days in Mumbai and live the life of celebrities? Come to Mumbai and get mesmerized by the view of this busy city where even pigeons run errands of spell-bounding the tourists.
Take a break and witness the greatest festival of Maharashtra, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with great pomp and show at its best. A celebration whose preparations can be sensed in the air you breathe over there.
Lonavala is the best getaway one can plan of while putting up a stay in Mumbai. It hides in it Karta caves and the Bhaja Caves which are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of rocks. The sightseeing includes dams where water flows onto a set of steps in the rainy season.
Going on trips with best friends comes first when taking a break from work pops up. And if you are all set for adventure, then Kolad is one of the must visit places in India for you.
Covered with lush greenery, wobbling streams, waterfalls, and hilly terrains, this place deserves days to be spent in it. Don’t miss out on the fun with your friends and family, this place is ready to give.
This coastal town to the south of Mumbai is well known for its rocky sand beaches with forts carved with tigers and elephants and temples dedicated to Hindu Gods. You can even sense a bit of Portuguese culture with lighthouses and island forts. It’s definitely a must-visit destination in Western India.
31. Panchgani Hill
20 kilometers away from Mahabaleshwar, this amazing hill station is a sight for sore eyes! Panchgani gets its name from the five hills which surround it. So, this a perfect destination if you are planning a getaway in Maharashtra.
Rajmachi is located near Lonavala at an elevation of 2,710 ft and deserves a visit for being one of the tourist sites in India. Also, many of you might not be well aware of the fact that, Rajmachi is an excellent trekking spot. So if you are an adventure buff, definitely check it out.
Did we ever know that western India had such a long list of hill stations concealed in it? Well, there’s another must a visit the spot that would likely be added to this list. Yes, it’s Mahabaleshwar we are talking about. The vast greenery with its majestic beauty will leave you astounded for quite some time.
THE MUST VISIT PLACES IN EAST INDIA
East India is a home to thousands of tribes and the unity in diversity is something worth watching. In a region where the language has spoken changes in every three hours of traveling, won’t it be wonderful to get acquainted with the Bihu dance, the foxtail orchids or the tales of the local people saving their lands from invaders?
Well, declared as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO, the Sundarbans National Park is the most widely recommended place to be visited. Watch the most majestic Royal Bengal tigers which are endemic to that region. You will also get the sight of mangroves on the swampy marshlands. The national park stretches from India across Bangladesh, including almost 54 islands.
Oh, Meghalaya is one of the most remarkable and beautiful places in Northeast India. Just like its name which means “abode to clouds”, this place teleports you all away from the world you are living in. Be it the Garo and Khasi hills with the most unique insectivorous Pitcher plant, or the cleanest villages of India, be it the never-ending waterfalls you encounter or the fresh fruits plucked from the trees being sold, be it the sights of the most beautiful Cathedrals or the missionaries, the list continuous on and on. The wettest place on earth “Cherrapunji” still holding the most rainfall in a calendar month and year is located in Meghalaya. Also, the rivers, bridges, rippling streams of water sing out loud the interesting histories it beholds. If there is any place you need to visit in North East India, let Meghalaya be first!
36. Sandakphu Trek
Not very famous, but think of it as an undiscovered beauty. This peak is amongst the top 5 highest peaks of the world. It is the only trek in India from where you can see four tallest mountains in the world. Did we even know that?! This trail is located along the India-Nepal border which makes it sound even more interesting. Also, the hospitality of the tea-houses and people over there will hardly let you leave the place without spending much time in it.
The smallest state of India isn’t definitely the smallest in rest of the things. If you have an account of the beautiful and serene views and experiences Sikkim provides, it will hardly be considered as an insignificant state. Be it the meandering clouds soaring high above the mountains or the calm lakes, Sikkim can restore and reanimate every single scope of imagination deceased due to the hustle and bustle of your everyday lives.
38. Goecha La Trek
Speaking of Sikkim, It would be a sin not to mention the wilderness of flora and fauna that this place tucked away in Sikkim displays. Be it with a gang of people you visit this place, or a solo trip, it will get you soaked in its beauty so much that you would reconsider setting up a tent for yourself and staying there forever.
Just like Alice, don’t all of you dream of waking up in a wonderland just like hers? Well, Darjeeling is one of the best places to visit in India. Drawing and shimmering Mt Kanchenjunga in the sky of velvet and diamond, Darjeeling affectionately holds its place below, popularly known as “Queen of Hills”. Visit this place to experience a flawless journey in concordance with nature.
THE MUST VISIT PLACES IN SOUTH INDIA
Do all of you know why India is known as a Subcontinent? It’s because India encompasses every form of a landscape in it. South India itself contains hill stations and the most beautiful beaches while you must watch.
With the exhilarating fragrance of coffee flowers from the lush coffee estates which bloom just once in a year, Coorg is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Karnataka. With the backdrop of blue mountains and wriggling waterfalls, Coorg outshines many other trekking spots. Come and investigate the hidden beauty of this small cozy spot with the most amazing hospitality from the indigenous Kodavati tribe.
Stressed from workload and you want to just pack your bags and go on a trip without much planning? Then, Gokarna is the perfect place. This small temple town has now become the best beach spot with posh resorts and private beaches for Indians as well as Foreigners. The tanning will eventually but the memories you make with your squads will probably never fade.
Quiet your mind and let your soul speak when you visit this amazing place in Karnataka. Nestled among the mountains, find yourself discovering the truth about nature and having a sacred relationship with it. This hill station which is very famous for its coffee estates will leave behind a long lasting impression on you.
Want to go on a special weekend getaway to a place nearby while staying in South India? Wayanad would be the most suggested place because of the beautiful mountains it resides within. Enjoy the sunflower gardens on the way to Wayanad and get lost in deep thoughts, thoughts of recollecting romantic encounters just like the ones shown in the famous Bollywood movie “DDLJ”.
Experience a whole different feeling sitting in the boathouses flowing in the backwaters of Kerala, God’s own Country. It’s the perfect place to go with your beloved people and spend some quality time with them appreciating them as well as Alleppey.
While you are at this place, you will be astonished by the myriads of places this hill station has in its lap. If you think it’s just a place to relax and appreciate the hills and mountains, you might be thinking less of Munnar. It also has heart-wrenching activities waiting for you to come and experience.
Hampi is a gothic city in South India having historical tales dwelling in the shrines of the temples and antiquated monuments. Situated near the Tungabhadra river in the Bellary district, it is listed among the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
Taking out tourist sites in South India, how can Ooty possibly escape anyone’s notice. Nested amidst the greenery and also known as “Queen of Nilgiris”, Ooty is one of the lushest and green spots of South India with tea gardens grinning on either side of the roads. Situated at an altitude of 2500 meters, this place is the best spot to visit during the summer to witness its wholesome climate.
Want to experience the French culture and lifestyle, you don’t have to regret not going to France for that because this Union Territory of India has French colonies with the western lifestyle dangling across the city. So, simply gather your sacks and make tracks towards Pondicherry to experience a week full of ancient western culture.
Varkala beach is probably the most beautiful beach located on the cliffs of Varkala, Kerala. Holidays spent here aren’t any less than exotic vacations because the private beaches, their wooden cottages, and continental cuisine won’t make you feel any lesser than being in the Maldives. The view of the sea you get from the Varkala can only be felt live and can’t be expressed through words.
One of India’s most progressive and developed city, Bengaluru formerly addressed as Bangalore is blessed with a benevolent climate and burgeoning drinking, dining and shopping center. The second largest IT hub in the world and the fastest technical hub of India, Bengaluru stands out to welcome immigrants all over the world. Yes, Bengaluru provides the greatest comforts to a godsend weary traveler who has done the hard yards seeking the posh treatment enjoying a beer in pubs, locals or quirky independent cafes.